Wright & Smith — Good to Go
While the rest of us sit around arguing about the war on terror — or worse, ignoring it altogether as we dive into our own navels and gripe about our taxes or such — others are fighting it. Or getting ready to.
Rep. James Smith of Columbia was a JAG officer in the National Guard with the rank of captain, but he didn’t think that was doing enough. So a couple of years back, he started agitating for a transfer to the infantry. His entreaties were rebuffed. He bucked it up to Washington before someone told him fine, you can do that — as long as you give up your commission and start over as an enlisted man.
He took the dare, underwent basic, and eventually went to officer school on the way to regaining his former rank. He has spent this summer undergoing specialized, intense infantry training for officers at Fort Benning. He graduates today. His unit is scheduled to go to Afghanistan in a few months.
In celebration, he sent a few folks pictures from his training course. I’m proud to share them with you. I’m even prouder to know James. He’s what I want to be when I grow up.
Here they are:
Waiting for the sun to go down before mission.